Attorney Lee Arter Illustrates how to Prevent Premises Liability Lawsuits

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Personal injury attorney Lee Arter, founder of the Law Offices of Lee Arter, shares his top five tips on how property owners can avoid a premises liability lawsuit.

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Property owners are not only responsible for maintaining the property, but for ensuring the property is free of dangerous conditions that could cause a person coming onto the property to be injured.

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According to Nolo, most personal injury cases are based on negligence, and premises liability cases are no exception. In order for a property owner to be hit with a premises liability lawsuit, conditions must be unexpected, dangerous or defective enough for a person to injure themselves. To prevent this, Arter suggests the following five tips:

No. 1: Educate yourself on what premises liability is. “Premises liability is the body of law that makes a property owner responsible for certain types of injuries sustained by visitors to the premises,” said Arter. “Property owners are not only responsible for maintaining the property, but for ensuring the property is free of dangerous conditions that could cause a person coming onto the property to be injured.”

No. 2: Obtain/maintain sufficient general liability insurance. “Injuries can occur at any time, so it is imperative to always maintain proper liability insurance, and if you don’t have any or enough, rectify that right away,” said Arter. This can easily be achieved by calling a reputable insurance agent, who will be able to properly assess the type of property you have and help you determine how much insurance is required.

No. 3: Keep the property maintained, especially walkways. Due to the fact that numerous lawsuits are born from poorly maintained walkways, it is imperative to keep them well-maintained at all times. Additionally, check the property for slippery floors, raised carpet, inadequate and/or loose railings, poor lighting, broken glass, overgrown foliage, loose debris in aisles, etc.

No. 4: Ensure security is adequate. Unfortunately, due to the fact that workplace violence in America is becoming more and more frequent, and premises liability lawsuits are not just limited to slip-and-falls, providing ample security is a necessity. Property owners should regularly assess their level of security, and beef it up if deemed necessary.

No. 5: Always have a working video camera. The Law Offices of Lee Arter always asks its clients if there was a video camera in the area of an accident. “We recently had a case where upon review of the video we saw that a clerk did not sweep a particular area of the floor and another clerk had placed a large obstacle in the area covering the substance our client slipped on,” said Arter, whose firm has won more than $100 million for victims of negligence. “The video clearly showed the cover-up.”

About the Law Offices of Lee Arter
The Law Offices of Lee Arter is dedicated to success in personal injury claims for accident victims throughout California. Mr. Arter is admitted to practice law in all State Courts of California and the Federal District Court for the Central District of California, and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. For more information or a free consultation, please call (800) 799-9999, or follow them on Facebook. The law office is located at 3550 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1280, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

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